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Situation in Libya in state of flux post Gaddafi era

September 19, 2011 - Tripoli

The post-Gaddafi period in Libya is turning out to be a nightmare as the new leaders within the National Transitional Council (NTC) are becoming more focused on the power game business rather than trying to stabilize the country after months of uprising against the brutal dictator, which has weakened the country immensely.

Reports suggest that pressure is being mounted on the National Transitional Council (NTC) to appoint Islamic figures to senior positions.

NTC Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil was expected to announce a cabinet of up to 36 members to emphasise unity and counter criticism that the body was unrepresentative, but divisions within the party has caste a shadow on the future of the troubled country.

According to The Guardian, the NTC has been under pressure to appoint some Islamist figures to reflect their role in the revolution, but tensions have emerged between the council and rebel commanders, as well as with Ali Salabi, an influential preacher being promoted by Qatar and its Al-Jazeera TV channel.

Rebels in the former enclave of Misrata, who took heavy losses during the revolution, announced their own candidate, Abdul-Rahman Sweilhi, for prime minister. Sweilhi warned of the danger of a "new dictatorship" and insisted the government could not include "symbols of the Gaddafi regime", the paper said.

NATO jets have continued to bomb in support of the offensive, hitting command centres, vehicles and missile sites on Saturday. The alliance said it had destroyed 39 targets since rebel forces entered the city on Thursday.


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